Houston's 5 Best Weekend Food Bets: Get Your Mudbug and Brew On

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Here’s a look at this weekend's best culinary happenings:

180th Anniversary of San Jacinto Day @ Frank's Americana Revival
Friday, 5:30 p.m.
3736 Westheimer

Head to Frank’s for a unique look into the pioneering days of Texas. The restaurant is bringing back the 130-year-old Emmett & Shine Chuckwagon in celebration of the 180th anniversary of San Jacinto Day and the state's rich revolutionary history, plus serving free cowboy bites straight from the wagon. Inside, chef Colin Shine will be paying tribute to the Texas cowboy classics with appetizers and entrées, and the bartenders will be re-imagining classic cocktails with a Texas-inspired twist.

Wild Wild Brewfest @ Katy Mills Mall
Friday – Saturday, Friday 7 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 4 to 9 p.m.
5000 Katy Mills

Because one day is just not enough, this wild beer festival kicks off with a more intimate Launch Party on Friday ($35 in advance, $45 at the door). On Saturday, things get rowdy at the all-day blowout, where suds lovers will find more than 400 different brews, live music, food trucks and vendors, and plenty of fun. General admission tickets ($30 in advance, $45 day of) include access to the event, a sampling card good for 12 (two-ounce) cold craft beer pours and musical entertainment. Extra drink cards and VIP and designated driver tickets will also be available.

Throwdown Texas Burger & Beer Fest @ Town Green Park
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
2099 Lake Robbins

Dozens of local restaurants, eateries and burger joints will be sizzling up their BEST burgers at this beefed-up throwdown, which features our own Phaedra Cook as part of the panel of celebrity judges. Festival attendees will be able to enjoy delicious burgers and sliders with local craft beer, wine and Jell-O shots, plus entertainment including live Texas country music, a dunking booth, a mechanical bull, a kids' zone and an inflatable rock wall. Tickets are $20 for general admission and include entry access to all the festival fun and a coupon for one 16-ounce beer, with food and drinks available for purchase. VIP and kids tickets are also available.

Houstonia Magazine's Sunday Bloody Sunday @ GreenStreet
Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
1201 Fannin

This unlimited brunch and Bloody Mary competition just may be the ultimate Sunday Funday. Taste cocktails from Bovine & Barley, Guadalajara and Harold’s, sip brews from Buffalo Bayou Brewery, hit the mimosa bar, and get brunch bites from Beaver’s, Edgar Hermano at the Whitehall Houston and Roost, and enjoy live music and yard games. Tickets are $30.

3rd Annual Crawfish and Brews @ 8th Wonder Brewery 
Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
2202 Dallas

What originated as a celebration of the spring crawfish season down in Louisiana has transformed into a bash worthy of the great state of Texas. With the Boudreaux family overseeing the boil, the third annual event features Louisiana-style mudbugs paired with ice-cold beer. Pre-sale tickets are $30 and include two pounds of crawfish with corn and potatoes, three 8th Wonder beer tokens, and a novelty glass.  

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